Rangers twist: PL veteran is dark horse to be Caixinha assistant - report
By Alex Stevens
Former Rangers striker Jonatan Johansson has entered the running to be on Pedro Caixinha’s coaching staff, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claim the Finn, 41, is “in the frame” for the No3 spot on the new manager’s backroom team.
It is said that Johansson is regarded as a “dark horse” for the coveted position, which chairman Dave King has said will be filled before next weekend’s Scottish Premiership clash against Motherwell.
Johansson, who spent three years at Rangers from 1997 to 2000, will become the fifth former player to be interviewed by Caixinha for the coaching role following Alex Rae and Ibrox icons Barry Ferguson, Peter Lovenkrands and John Brown.
The Portugese, 46, is looking to complete his backroom team with a former Rangers player who has an excellent knowledge of Scottish football and a strong connection with the club.
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The Scottish Sun report that ex-Clyde manager Ferguson, 39, and former St Mirren and Dundee boss Rae, 47, are the frontrunners to get the nod from Caixinha.
But the new twist, with Johansson also a genuine candidate, suggests that Caixinha is yet to make up his mind about the identity of the final member of his backroom team.
Johansson could bring contacts from Europe and south of the border to the table as he is a veteran of the Premier League, spending six years at Charlton during their days as an established top-flight club.
Celtic are 33 points ahead of Rangers in the Scottish Premiership and set to win the title immediately after the international break.
Caixinha’s team are third in the table and eight points adrift of second-placed Aberdeen despite a 4-0 win in the new manager’s opening game last weekend.
In other Rangers news, one of the club’s midfielders has agreed the terms of a mammoth new deal.